MEDIA, Pa. – Penn State Brandywine used a 15-2 surge during the second half to break the game open and pull away from Penn State Scranton for its seventh-straight win by a score of 84-57 during a game that started just before the clock hit midnight Saturday morning during Brandywine's Midnight Madness celebration.
Brandywine ran out to a 9-2 lead, but that would be the Lions' largest lead until the final seconds of the half. Scranton pulled within three at the 3:26 mark following a pair of free throws from Tom Gonzales; however, Isiah Cook (Reading, Pa./Reading) netted the final 10 points of the stanza for Brandywine, outscoring Scranton 10-4 over the final 3:12 and Brandywine brought a 38-29 lead into the break.
After Brandywine extended the lead to 11 points on Terrence Brown's (Philadelphia, Pa./Communications Tech) layup 59 seconds into the second half, Scranton netted the game's next seven points to get back within four.
Scranton still faced a four-point deficit when Rob Tindley (Lawnside, N.J./Haddon Heights) completed a three-point play at the 13:59 mark. Two possessions later, Tindley added a triple to push the lead back to double figures.
Scranton would get the deficit under double figures once more at 57-49, but Donte Winfield (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) sank two free throws that would ignite a 15-2 Brandywine surge as the Lions pulled away midway through the half to win their seventh-straight game.
Brandywine put five players in double-figure scoring led by Brown and James Fisher (Philadelphia, Pa./Upper Darby), who each netted 14 points. Tindley added 11, while Cook and Dwayne Coleman (Philadelphia, Pa./Delaware Valley Charter) each netted 10.
Brown pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while Anthony Lattanzi (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and Ameer Staggs (Ridley, Pa./Ridley) both grabbed seven and Fisher and Winfield each hauled in six. The Lions owned a 52-45 edge on the boards overall.
Brandywine forced 27 Scranton turnovers and shot 40 percent from the field. Gonzales posted 11 points and nine boards to lead the visitors.
Brandywine (7-2, 4-0 PSUAC) hosts Alvernia on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:00 pm.